Having a disability doesn’t mean you are ill. so it is possible to be claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) / Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at the same time.
At the same time it is also possible to be ill and have a disability. so it is possible to claim sickness benefit (Employment and Support Allowance) ESA and DLA/PIP at the same time.
DLA/PIP dispenses a disability premium into your main benefit (JSA or ESA)
ESA in itself attracts extra money by virtue of the WRAG group
As DLA/PIP also dispenses extra money in the form of a premium, this meant that ESA would attract 2 pots of extra money. The powers that were around then decided that ESA could only have one pot of money so they decided that ESA could not attract the DLA/PIP disability premium.
This status quo was upset when George Osborn declared that the WRAG group would lose £30 – remember that’s extra money ESA attracts due to the WRAG group, George took it away, leaving ESA with no extra money at all.
Now remember the relationship between JSA and DLA/PIP. – DLA/PIP gives JSA a disability premium (extra money)!
So now we are in the perverse situation of the sick who have a disability having no extra money because ESA cannot attract the DLA/PIP premium and the unemployed, who are not sick but have a disability, receiving extra money via the DLA/PIP premium.
What a mess, with the sick and the disabled yet again being a target for cuts by this government!